If your thyroid is underactive, you are not alone.
Of all the problems that can undermine health, none
is more common (or more likely to be overlooked)
than an underactive thyroid gland. And, unfortunately,
if your thyroid doesn't work right, the rest of
your body doesn't, either.
The incredibly broad range of symptoms of an underactive
thyroid gland emits makes it really hard for even
a physician to diagnose without a proper lab test.
Often lab results do not help either.
There are many people that suffer from hypothyroidism,
the medical term for the condition, that do not
have lab results out of the norm. They may have
a thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level that falls
in the normal range, but still suffer from an
An underactive thyroid can certainly lead to other
health problems and to our efforts to achieve a
maximum life span. Thyroid hormone replacement therapy
can safely, effectively and inexpensively treat
A simple 10-minute test performed at home can
indicate if you are suffering from a subclinical
thyroid condition. It will measure your Basal Metabolic
Temperature, known as BMT. Provided you have no
infections or other conditions that may affect the
test, here's how you can check:
1. Before going to sleep, shake a thermometer and
place it within reach of your bed. (Shaking it in
the morning, when you awake, will raise your temperature
and affect the test.)
2. Make sure it is a Basal Thermometer (more acurate
thermometer), not a digital instrument.
3. When you awake, place the thermometer under
your armpit; leave it there for 10 minutes. Lie
as still as possible. Do not get up or move around,
as this would also raise your temperature.
4. After 10 minutes, record your temperature.
Do this for at least three days.
If your temperature consistently falls below 97.8º,
you likely have an underactive thyroid. A normal
BMT reading will be between 97.8º and 98.2º.
If your self-test indicates a low thyroid, it is
time to go see a good physician.
So, why would your thyroid gland's function be
so important to your health? The hormone produced
by the gland travels to each cell of your body and
establishes the rate of that cell's metabolism.
In other words, it tells the cell how fast to work.
If you produce too little of the hormone, your
cells get sluggish. If the cell is a nerve cell,
your thinking may slow down or depression may set
in. If the cell is a muscle cell, your strength
declines. If the cell is an intestinal cell, your
digestion may be affected.
The immune system is especially vulnerable to
low thyroid performance. White blood cell production
may slow down and cells that fight infections may
lose their aggressiveness.
If you feel you have a compromised thyroid, see
your doctor. They will order a test that measures
your level of TSH and a test for your antithyroid
antibody, which will determine if your immune system
is trying to fight your thyroid.
If this test falls out of the norm and there are
symptoms that indicate to them that you might have
hypothyroid, it will more than likely confirm the
"Iodine has many positive therapeutic actions.
It is a potent anti-infective agent. No virus, bacteria
or parasite has been shown to be resistant to iodine
therapy,” writes Dr. Brownstein. This is an incredible
statement but one that can easily be backed by hardcore
medical science. It is the reason hospitals use
iodine by the gallon and in reality the only reason
hospitals are not like ground zero sites contaminated
in an infectious sense is because of iodine's broad
spectrum anti-infective power.
Few are the doctors who have realized that iodine
can be taken internally in large quantities and
that it will have the same effect internally as
it does on external surfaces. The
fact that the entire focus of vaccines is anti-viral,
that bacterial infections are becoming more threatening
and more antibiotic resistant, we might begin to
realize how iodine can again become a doctor’s